So many parallels can be drawn between Nazi Germany and the modern-day genocidal regime of Bashar al-Assad. The former annihilated Jews, Romani people, homosexuals and those with any kind of disabilities. Assad and his Iranian backers have killed over 250,000 Syrians during the course of last five years.
MOSCOW -- The Russian political system is archaic. It was created during a historical period when rulers were awash in petrodollars and there was simply no apparent need for democratic institutions, checks and balances, independent judiciary, strong parliament, federalism, local government and so forth. Without easy money, the ruling regime will not survive without modernization.